Principally Speaking

November 2019

Alamos Elementary School

Main Office Number: 951-294-6760

Attendance Line: 951-294-6761

Main Office Fax : 951-294-6770

Alamos Preschool: 95-294-6771

Happy Fall Ya'll!

Dear Alamos Families,

It is official…Fall has finally arrived! May this season of Thanks and Giving, greet you and your family with simple pleasures and bountiful blessings. Quickly approaching our 4th month of school, Alamos is a hub of teaching and learning. Our students have settled confidently into school routines and we are well on our way to another school successful year!

Thank you to all of our parents who attended parent-teacher conferences. In a busy world filled with texts and emails, a good ole’ face to face conversation about student achievement is so refreshing! The home – school connection is so very important and it reminds our students that we are a team invested in their success. If you were not able to attend a conference, it is never too late! Please reach out to your child’s teacher and request a meeting. We know that lives are very busy and we will do our best to accommodate your schedule.

Have you ever wondered how schools are funded? Perhaps you would like to know more about how expenditures are aligned to achievement goals and specific student populations. If ever these questions have crossed your mind, you might want to consider joining our Community Advisory Partnership, otherwise known as CAP. Our CAP team consists of parents, community members, teachers, and other school staff. The team plays an important role in analyzing data, prioritizing needs, collecting input and spending LCAP funds. We held our first CAP meeting last week and together, we studied student achievement data, prioritized a “needs” list and drafted a proposal outlining new programs and expenditures. Our next meeting will be in December and parents are encouraged to attend. Please be on the lookout for more information.

Happy Teachers Change the World! We continue in our endeavor this year to create calm, happy and safe learning environments that teach students how to self regulate emotions. You may have noticed our monthly marque quotes such as…Get Your Calm On, Just Choose to Be Happy or Just Breathe. Our positive and intentional messages are just one such way we encourage our school community to be mindful of their attitude and behavior. Did you know that schools are not only tasked with the enormous responsibility of teaching academic standards but are required to teach students appropriate standards of behavior? Discipline comes from the word disciple which means to teach. Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports commonly referred to as PBIS is a school-wide approach to disciplining or “teaching” children about appropriate behaviors that helps to ensure a safer and more effective school. It is no longer enough to tell a student to behave or be respectful without first explicitly teaching what it means to behave or be respectful. With PBIS, instructional time is more effective and the overall school environment is calm, positive and conducive to learning. PBIS standards are introduced at our Flag Salute Assembly twice a month and practiced in classrooms throughout the year.

Lastly, don’t forget to wear red, white and blue as you join us this Friday, November 8th at 9 am for a very special Veterans Day Flag Salute Assembly. As always, I am humbled to be your child’s leader as it is most certainly the best job in the world! I wish you and your family a wonderful holiday season ahead.


Jenniffer Aynesworth, Principal

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We are updating our Alamos "HEROES" Wall. If you have a family member that is or has been in one of our Armed Forces or a First Responder, we would love to have you send in a picture (no larger than a 4x6 please). If your child is also in the picture, that would be great! Please label the picture with your child's name and teachers on the back so that we can return it to you. Please also include the service member or first reponder's last name and branch of service.

Thank you for your service!

Jenniffer Aynesworth


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Alamos Elementary School Proudly Celebrates Veterans Day!

Please join us for a very special Flag Salute Assembly as we recognize our Military Service Men and Women for their service to our country. Our students and staff will honor our Heroes on Friday, November 8th at 9 am. If someone in your family has served or is currently serving in the United States Military, they are invited to wear their uniform and be our guests of honor at our assembly. All students and their families are encouraged to wear red, white and blue as we celebrate, “Land of the Free” because of “The Brave”. Our PTO is honored to provide our distinguished guests with light refreshments.


Jenniffer Aynesworth, Principal

AES Disabled Person Parking Spots

Please Do Not Park in our Disabled Person Parking Spots unless you have a window placard or license plate. We have multiple families at our site that need these spaces for the extra width they provide.

22507.8. (a) It is unlawful for any person to park or leave standing any vehicle in a stall or space designated for disabled persons and disabled veterans pursuant to Section 22511.7 or 22511.8 of this code or Section 14679 of the Government Code, unless the vehicle displays either a special identification license plate issued pursuant to Section 5007 or a distinguishing placard issued pursuant to Section 22511.55 or 22511.59

Thank You - AES Staff

Feast on TASTY Books!

You are invited to Join Us for our Book Tasting Feast!!

We’ll be ‘Tasting’ Book Genres, Book Authors, and Book Types to Expand Our Reading Palates!! Our book feast is a perfect way to introduce different books to read.

Students will come to the library which will be decorated for an Autumn Feast of Books!!! Our Alamos Owl Library will be transformed into the Owl Café and the Librarian Chefs will be ready to serve a tray of books to each table.

Each student will be able to rotate around the room and get a “taste” of 40 different books!! All students will have the opportunity to document their favorite books.

When: November 18th-22nd. During Library Class Time.

Where: Owl Café

Donation needed: Fall/Autumn cloth tablecloths and fall decorations.

Message from Alamos PTO

Hello Alamos Families,
We would like to thank all of you who came to our Fall Festival on Friday night. We hope you all enjoyed your time and had a lot of fun. We could not have done this event without the help of many of our Alamos Family Volunteers. We would like to send a huge thank you to all our Room Parents for putting together such amazing booths this year. They all looked so fun, creative and festive. Thank you to Sonia Whitmore and Melissa Avitabile, our Room Parent Coordinators, for helping organize and communicate with our room parents and assist them in all they needed to get their booths ready. Thank you to all parents that contributed money donations or prizes for your student's classroom booths. Thank you to our Watch D.O.G.S coordinator Tommy Powell for organizing help at the gates and thank you to all our Watch D.O.G.S that helped guard the gate to ensure that all the children were safe and no one left unattended. A really big thank you to Ms. Bev for helping us sell wristbands and tickets during school hours Mon-Thurs and to Lisa Hoberg for staying all night and working our tickets and wristbands table. Also, thank you to all our volunteers that helped with ticket sales before and after school throughout the week. Thank you to Veronica Enriquez for helping organize and monitor our high school volunteers and thank you to Michelle Taggart for helping with our costume contest and other items as well. Thank you to all our high school volunteers for helping us with many things at the event. A big thank you to all our vendors for being a part of our event. Thank you to one of our amazing alumni students, Trevor Woodcock, for being our Owl Mascot for the night. A huge thank you to Tony "Dj" Calhoun for donating his time as our DJ at the event. A really BIG THANK YOU to our amazing Custodian Diego, we could not have done this event without all your help during the day, after school and throughout the night. Last but not least we would like to thank our fabulous Fall Festival Coordinators Traci Rochon and Angie Lopez for an amazing job they did organizing and arranging everything for our event. Thank you to everyone who contributed in some way to make this event possible. We really appreciate you and thank you, this event wouldn't have been possible without you. THANK YOU

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